Community Health Needs Assessment

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital used the Community Health Improvement Guiding Principles proposed by the Johns Hopkins Medicine Community Benefits Advisory Council to help guide our collective commitment and efforts. They are the following:

  • Partners with those community leaders and community-based organizations that serve as stewards to guide and educate Johns Hopkins All Children’s to best serve the needs of each population.
  • Integrates the interests, assets, and expertise of our health system and the community to reach mutually agreed upon outcomes.
  • Develops transparent, coherent approaches to plan, implement, evaluate, and disseminate sustainable health improvement programs and policy interventions

In Fiscal Year 2016, our hospital conducted a community health needs assessment (CHNA) to identify the most important health issues and health barriers in the City of St. Petersburg, Florida. In the same fiscal year, the Board of Trustees of the hospital approved our community health implementation strategy to address the health priorities identified through the CHNA.

In this effort, youth were researched by income level (i.e., low-income and other-income). With income being such an influential social determinant of health the categorization provided additional data and insight that otherwise would not exist. This approach identified three health issues common to youth of all income levels, two health issues unique to low-income youth, and one issue of priority to other-income youth.

Top Health Issues Common to All-Income Children (in alphabetical order):

  • Allergies / Asthma
  • Mental Health / Bullying that Impacts Mental Health
  • Obesity / Overweight

Health Issue Unique to Low-Income Children (in alphabetical order):

  • Birth Outcomes / Infant Mortality
  • Chronic Disease / Diabetes (including pre-diabetes)

Health Issue Priority to Other-Income Children:

  • Substance & Alcohol Abuse / Tobacco Use

Top Health Barriers:

  • No health insurance / no access to providers / no access to behavioral health / no transportation
  • Access to nutrition / access to physical activity
  • Healthy living education
  • Resource-rich community does poor job distributing resources

View 2016 Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment


The CHNA involved a six-part methodology that involved nearly 1,000 participants: exploratory, in-depth interviews with members of the CHNA Community Advisory Council; surveys of parents, health professionals, educators and community leaders; focus groups and community conversations; secondary research; and a prioritization filter.

View 2016 Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment Parent Survey Questions and Results

View 2016 Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment Professionals Survey Questions and Results

Implementation Strategy

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital completed an implementation plan that was adopted by the Hospital’s Board of Trustees in fiscal year 2016. The implementation strategy is a six-part process led by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to engage key entities (schools, city government and parents), community groups and non-profits at the highest levels to measurably improve community health outcomes for the top health issues. Phases include:

  1. Awareness : Community Presentations
  2. Participation : Health Groups
  3. Involvement : Health Symposiums
  4. Engagement : Health Summit
  5. Sustainability : Health Groups Continue
  6. Annual reporting : Annual Health Summits

Johns Hopkins All Children’s aligns health priorities with the areas of greatest identified need and considers where the Hospital’s resources will generate the greatest impact. Our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our community will be demonstrated through the deliberate planning of community benefit activities.

See pp. 42-46 of the 2016 Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment for the Implementation Strategy.

View 2013 Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment

View 2013 Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Strategic Community Benefit Plan 

If you have comments or questions, please contact Community Relations at 727-767-2328.